Thursday, August 16, 2018

When she chooses to see crisis as an opportunity for growth

We are always used to our routine in our daily life because it makes us feel safe and comfortable. We are used to be around with our family members; used to working with our colleagues and our boss,  used to our job and working environment, our car, our bed, and etc.

All of those are part of our daily life, and we have been attached to them for a very long time. We are used to having them as if they will last forever. Until one day things change. We lose our job or break up with our partner, and we feel like our life falls apart. 

Ann, 45-year-olds, had been married for 23 years. She felt her life had fallen apart when she found out that her husband cheated on her. She was married since she was 22 years old, had never worked since her husband let her stay home taking care of the house and kid. It was worst when her husband had chosen another woman instead of her. And he wanted to divorce her. At that time her son had grown up and left the house because he was studying at college and also working. 

She couldn't imagine how her life will be going forward. She had been depending on her husband her whole life. Undoubtedly she had been devastated, angry, depressed, unable to sleep and eat. Her husband's departure was a completely new experience for her.

It took some time, but gradually as the weeks turned to months, and then years. After some time she adjusted and accepted the truth that her husband had left her and will never come back. She had learned to face reality, accepted the change and made a decision to move on by starting to change her perspective.  She knew that when she felt hurt she wanted to let somebody know and feel her pains and she discovered that writing her story on a journal could help to ease her pains.

After having been writing for a while she finally posted her story on an inspirational website and her post got lots of viewers. Her post became the most popular post that captured the magazine owner's attention, and a week after that she got hired for an inspirational columnist. She also had her own inspirational blog and became an inspirational speaker.

She finally realized that the new life that was emerging was far richer than her previous existence. She made new friends, traveled and saw the world. Above all for the first time in her life, she began to know who she really was and what it was that she wanted out of life.

We all want a smooth life, however, life isn't meant to be smooth. No one can avoid difficulties, challenges in life. Since we can't control things, if it is supposed to happen it will happen.
And it doesn't matter what happens to us, but how we think and react to what happens to us does matter. It is our choice whether we will let a crisis destroy us or we will choose to see the crisis as an opportunity for growth. 

"Life is like a book, some chapters are sad, some happy, and some exciting. If you never turn the page you will never know what the next chapter holds. Maybe the next chapter is much more happy, exciting, and amazing! "

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